AP's position-by-position matchups for the NBA Finals

"King" James said both teams had improved from 2016, but he felt "very good" about the Cavaliers' chances.

LeBron bought this house in November of 2015, for a reported $21 million. Last season, James lit it up for 49.4 percent to wrestle away the hardware and the championship.

James is probably closer to Jordan's legacy than many Bulls fans want to admit. The question will become: Is he more likely to leave if the Warriors win or if they lose? Chalk that up to all the blowouts. No other player has ever (since 1984, as far back as Basketball-Reference.com's stats go for such game logs) tallied 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists with at least 73 percent shooting in a Finals game, yet that's what Green did with fury in an attempt to make up for his Game 5 suspension and lead his Golden State Warriors to victory. He finished at the basket easily, drilled pull-up jumpers and stretched his range out beyond the 3-point line.

About 1,300 regular-season and playoff games later, the experts were proved right. But Thompson is not anxious about his shooting woes, at least not until the Warriors start losing games. They have, and quite possibly will, offset each other.

Klay Thompson, who may also have to guard Irving at times throughout the series, said that it's more about taking the challenge of guarding him rather than dreading the matchup.

Korver got added to the mix midway through the season when he was dealt from Atlanta to Cleveland and is one of a dozen players on the two rosters who weren't on these teams last June when the Cavs rallied from 3-1 down to win the title.

Conte says he'll stay at Premier League champion Chelsea
Conte intimated that he doesn't expect Chelsea to make a big splash in the transfer market. Arsenal look re-energised following Wenger's tactical switch from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-1-2.

Golden State beat the Trail Blazers without Jusuf Nurkic, the Jazz mostly without George Hill and, in the biggest "what if?", the Spurs only after Kawhi Leonard got hurt. The Cavs All-Star guard made his now famous go-ahead, step-back 3-pointer. Under Armour. And then there's Big Baller.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) defends against Boston Celtics' Jae Crowder (99) during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland.

-Tyronn Lue vs. Mike Brown. Cleveland and Golden State have split Finals series the previous two seasons. One of the league's most unsafe offensive threats, Durant is able to take advantage of switches, rising over defenders for silky jumpers, just as he did numerous times during the Western Conference finals.

"So it's the even-keel mentality about our coach and it definitely helps us as players when we're going out into a war". I predict the Warriors will win it all in another unforgettable seven-game series. "But it doesn't mean anything going into the next series and we have to understand that". Durant would join him sometimes, though he lived on the opposite side of town.

"Throughout the postseason there's so many different emotions", James said. The Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser.

Barnes wasn't exactly a neutral observer a year ago, having grown up in Northern California and having played with the Warriors before their recent run of dominance.


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